Friday, January 15, 2010

Maldives: Pasmal, mon amie

Indian Ocean honeymoon: 16 days in paradise, 2009-2010

Maldives, a huge chain of 1,200 islands, is the island country with the lowest highest point in the world. With the highest point at about 2 meters, global warming is a near future threat to its existence. We jumped at the opportunity to see these pristine islands before the seas wash them away...



Namaste!



We stayed at 2 resorts, the first called Sheraton Full-moon resort near the capital Male. After 8 days, we took a scenic sea plane southwest to a smaller, secluded island called Vilu Reef, where we had our very own water bungalow. That was fantastic.




Frolicking by the Sheraton pool...




The scuba diving off of the Sheraton was fantastic. A stunning coral shelf with tons of wildlife at 10-20 meters down....








That's a moray eel



My opinion of the stock market over the past decade...



Strolling around the Sheraton resort..


We took a day trip to the capital island Male. This is the largest mosque. Maldives is predominantly a moslem country. No drinking allowed in the capital!




A view to a kill from our sea plane en route to Vilu Reef...





At the Vilu Reef pool, we practiced water yoga. You can try this at home...





This is the view from our water bungalow at Vilu Reef. We loved the "front and back yards", which is basically the Indian Ocean.





Our kind waiter.



Topcat catamaran sailing tour 2010 alla Vilu Reef



Let's refresh!



Meggu chan is swinging on a neigboring island...



Sunset and dinner time at Vilu Reef....I actually did some marathon training on this boardwalk in between all the relaxing...



Water bungalow scenary





This must be just like living in paradise....





....and I don't wanna go home...

9 Comments:

At 1:16 AM, Blogger mika t. said...

Great pictures! It's hard to believe that you left this paradise and came back to freezing Tokyo to run 40km!

 
At 3:24 AM, Blogger juergen wittstock said...

うらやましい!

 
At 3:54 AM, Blogger TokyoRacer said...

Can you organize a 10k there? The water yoga photo is great.

 
At 4:51 AM, Blogger David Motozo Rubenstein said...

domo...there is a 500 meter boardwalk loop at the water bungalows. I ran 20x for 10k several times...I think the other guests could feel me pounding away on the course..

 
At 5:38 AM, Blogger Stephen Lacey said...

Awesome honeymoon!

 
At 5:09 PM, Blogger Nina said...

awesome pics! Hurrah that you've updated! How did the marathon go!!

 
At 6:59 PM, Blogger Keren_m said...

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At 7:02 PM, Blogger Keren_m said...

Great pics, very envious as I have not made it to there as yet.

Glad that you wore your Murakami tri t-shirt on your honeymoon. Keep up the good work!

 
At 9:24 AM, Blogger Mitch said...

Nice one!

Maybe we will go there if we ever get around to having a honeymoon.

Big love,

Mitch and Leslie and Leina

 

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